News & Announcements

Central Arkansas Library System Presents Americorps Week Celebration

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) AmeriCorps members will participate in National AmeriCorps Week (March 7-13) by breaking ground on a community garden at Millie Brooks MicroLibrary, 13024 Highway 365, Wrightsville. The service project will take place Thursday, March 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteer registration link is below.

Each year, community members, along with AmeriCorps members across the country,


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Eliza Borné Joins CALS as Development Director

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has hired Eliza Borné as its new Director of Development effective March 29, 2021. Borné, an experienced grant writer and fundraiser, comes to the library system from the award-winning Oxford American magazine, where she served as editor-in-chief.

“Eliza is an exceptional leader who brings vision and a breadth of experience to the library’s fundraising efforts,” said Nate Coulter,


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Speaker Series Explores Wizardry, Ghosts, and the Creation of a Culture

Six Bridges Book Festival welcomes C. M. Waggoner, author of The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry; Nell Irvin Painter, author of Creating Black Americans; and Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Ghost Variations, for a series of author talks this spring. These virtual events are free and open to the public,


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CALS Recognized for Community Impact

Library noted for imagination, focus on equity

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) was acknowledged recently by the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and Library Journal in the announcement of the second annual Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize. Developed in partnership between the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and Library Journal,


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CALS Launching MicroLibrary in Wrightsville

The library system will offer more services customized to fill community needs

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will launch the MicroLibrary at the Millie Brooks Library, 13024 Hwy 365, Wrightsville, with an opening celebration on Tuesday, October 13, at 1:00 p.m. The new MicroLibrary will be a reconfiguration of the library’s space,


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CALS Publishes Book on “Outspoken” Arkansas Judge

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has added a new book to its publishing catalog. OUTSPOKEN: The Olly Neal Story is the autobiography of civil rights activist Olly Neal Jr., Arkansas’s first black district prosecuting attorney. OUTSPOKEN was published by Butler Center Books, the nonprofit publishing project of the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies,


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CALS Hires Liaisons to Strengthen Community Connections

The Library is working to increase outreach to Latinx and African American population

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has hired two community liaisons to assist with outreach to the Latinx and African American communities, Maria Aguilar and Jessica McDaniel. The new positions were approved as part of the library’s strategic plan adopted in early 2019.


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CALS Adds Juneteenth to Official Holiday Schedule

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has added Juneteenth to the organization’s paid holiday schedule for employees effective in 2021. The library system notes this is an important step toward building a more equitable community by acknowledging the experiences and obstacles affecting people of color, particularly those in the African American community.

“I can start by imagining how the public library can help us find ways to move our country’s policies closer to her creeds,” wrote CALS Executive Director Nate Coulter in a statement released on June 3 following the killing of George Floyd by an officer in the Minneapolis Police Department.


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